Marilyn Davis gets 4 years in DOC

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

After a two-hour sentencing hearing followed by closing arguments from both the state and defense counsel, Judge James G. Conway pronounced a four-year Illinois Department of Corrections sentence on Marilyn Davis, former Sherrard Village Clerk. Sentencing took place today, with Judge Conway calling for her surrender time as noon tomorrow.

The sentence comes after a plea negotiation the state’s attorney and defense counsel entered in April, that capped any DOC term to the minimum for the guilty plea to a Class 1 felony. Davis was charged with theft by a public official of up to $100,000.

The probation department submitted a six-page pre-sentence report that listed any previous criminal charges the 74-year-old woman had been convicted of. There were two attachments to the report, one – a letter from Dr. Paul C. Wang, MD, and the other a report from Addis, a gambling treatment service in Davenport.

In addition to the four-year sentence, Davis agreed to pay the village of Sherrard $100,000 restitution.

When the judge pronounced the sentence, there was a gasp from the gallery area where nine individuals who were at the hearing to show support to Davis sat.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 30, 2009 issue of The Times Record.

A sentence review hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. on March 23, 2010.